Excess Spoil, Coal Mine Waste, and Buffers for Waters of the United States, 57504-57505 [E7-19961]

Download as PDF 57504 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 10, 2007 / Proposed Rules (Procedure and Administration) at (202) 622–0392 (not a toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A notice of proposed rulemaking by crossreference to temporary regulations and notice of public hearing (REG–138707– 06) that appeared in the Federal Register on Monday, June 25, 2007 (72 FR 34650), announced that a public hearing was scheduled for October 24, 2007, at 10 a.m. in the IRS Auditorium, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. The subject of the public hearing is under section 883 of the Internal Revenue Code. The public comment period for these regulations expired on September 24, 2007. The notice of proposed rulemaking by cross-reference to temporary regulations and notice of public hearing instructed those interested in testifying at the public hearing to submit a request to speak and an outline of the topics to be addressed by September 24, 2007. As of September 28, 2007, no one has requested to speak and therefore, the public hearing scheduled for October 24, 2007, is cancelled. LaNita VanDyke, Branch Chief, Publications and Regulations Branch, Legal Processing Division, Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration). [FR Doc. E7–19871 Filed 10–9–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 30 CFR Parts 780, 784, 816, and 817 [Docket Number OSM–2007–0007] RIN 1029–AC04 Excess Spoil, Coal Mine Waste, and Buffers for Waters of the United States Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of public hearings and extension of comment period. rmajette on PROD1PC64 with PROPOSALS AGENCY: SUMMARY: We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing a 30-day extension of the comment period on a proposed rule published in the August 24, 2007, Federal Register and the accompanying draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). This notice also provides notice of the dates and locations for the public hearings that we VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:57 Oct 09, 2007 Jkt 214001 will hold on the proposed rule and DEIS. The proposed rule concerns buffer zones, stream diversions, siltation structures, impoundments, and the creation and disposal of excess spoil and coal mine waste. DATES: We will accept written comments on the proposed rule and DEIS on or before November 23, 2007. We will hold public hearings on the proposed rule and DEIS on October 24, 2007, at the locations listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. ADDRESSES: Please submit comments by one of the methods listed below. We cannot guarantee that comments submitted by other means or to other addresses will be included in the docket for this rulemaking. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. The proposed rule and DEIS are listed under the agency name ‘‘Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.’’ The proposed rule has been assigned Docket ID: OSM–2007–0007. The DEIS has been assigned Docket ID: OSM–2007–0008. If you would like to submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal, go to www.regulations.gov and do the following. Find the blue banner with the words ‘‘Search Documents’’ and go to ‘‘Optional Step 2.’’ Select ‘‘Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’’ from the agency dropdown menu, then click the ‘‘Submit’’ button at the bottom of the page. The next screen will have the title ‘‘Document Search Results.’’ The proposed rule is listed under the Docket ID as OSM–2007–0007. If you click on OSM–2007–0007, you can view the proposed rule, add comments, and view comments submitted by other persons. The DEIS is listed under the Docket ID as OSM–2007–0008. If you click on OSM–2007–0008, you can view the DEIS, add comments, and view comments submitted by other persons. • Mail/Hand-Delivery/Courier: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Administrative Record, Room 252 SIB, 1951 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20240. Reviewing a Copy of the DEIS You may review the DEIS at any of the public libraries listed in the notice of availability published in the Federal Register on August 24, 2007 (72 FR 48678–48679) or at the following locations: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Administrative Record, Room 101 SIB, 1951 Constitution Avenue, NW., PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Washington, DC 20240, 202–208– 4264 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Appalachian Regional Office, Three Parkway Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15220, 412– 937–2909 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Mid-Continent Regional Office, Alton Federal Building, 501 Belle Street, Room 216, Alton, IL 62002, 618–463–6460 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Western Regional Office, 1999 Broadway, Suite 3320, Denver, CO 80201–6667, 303–844– 1401 Public Hearing Locations See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for the addresses at which we will hold public hearings on the proposed rule and DEIS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis G. Rice, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1951 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: 202–208–2829. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 24, 2007 (72 FR 48890), we published a proposed rule proposing to amend our regulations concerning stream buffer zones, stream diversions, siltation structures, impoundments, and the creation and disposal of excess spoil and coal mine waste. Among other things, this proposed rule would require that surface coal mining operations be designed to minimize the creation of excess spoil and the adverse environmental impacts of fills constructed to dispose of excess spoil and coal mine waste. It would apply the buffer requirement to all waters of the United States, not just perennial and intermittent streams. The rule would clearly specify the activities to which that requirement does and does not apply and the limitations on conducting activities within the buffer, either under a variance or an exception. It also would specify requirements to protect aquatic and other resources when an activity is conducted under either a variance or an exception. The comment period on the proposed rule and the DEIS was scheduled to close October 23, 2007. However, we received numerous requests to extend the comment period. After reviewing the requests, we are extending the deadline for submission of comments by 30 days. The comment period for both the proposed rule and the DEIS will now close November 23, 2007. We also received numerous requests to hold public hearings on the proposed E:\FR\FM\10OCP1.SGM 10OCP1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 10, 2007 / Proposed Rules rule and DEIS. After reviewing the requests, we have decided to hold four public hearings on October 24, 2007, at the following locations: • Holiday Inn Charleston (Charleston House), 600 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, West Virginia. • Hazard Community & Technical College, Hazard Campus, Jolly Center, Room 208, One Community College Drive, Hazard, Kentucky. • Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Goins Auditorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, Tennessee. • Ramada Inn Washington, 1170 West Chestnut Street, Washington, Pennsylvania. All hearings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. They will be open to anyone who would like to attend or testify. If you do not sign up to testify initially, but later decide that you wish to do so, you will be allowed to testify after all scheduled speakers have finished. The primary purpose of the hearings is to obtain input on the proposed rule and DEIS. A public hearing is not an adversarial process. Therefore, we encourage you to limit your testimony to the merits of the provisions of the proposed rule and DEIS. At the hearing, a court reporter will record and make a written record of the statements presented. This written record will be made part of the docket for the rule. If you have a written copy of your testimony, we encourage you to provide a copy to assist the court reporter in preparing the written record. Please do not feel intimidated by either the reporter or the formal structure of the hearing. If you are a disabled individual who needs reasonable accommodation to attend a public hearing, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Dated: October 1, 2007. Foster L. Wade, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management. [FR Doc. E7–19961 Filed 10–9–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–05–P POSTAL SERVICE rmajette on PROD1PC64 with PROPOSALS 39 CFR Part 111 New Address Requirements for Automation, Presorted, and Carrier Route Rate Letters Postal Service. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:57 Oct 09, 2007 Jkt 214001 SUMMARY: The Postal Service proposes new type size and spacing requirements for delivery addresses on all automation, presorted, and carrier route rate letters. DATES: We must receive your comments on or before December 10, 2007. ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the Manager, Mailing Standards, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., Room 3436, Washington, DC 20260–3436. You may inspect and photocopy all written comments at Postal Service Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., 11th Floor N, Washington, DC between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Witt, 202–268–7279. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We are proposing revisions to the address standards for letter-size pieces mailed at automation, presorted, or carrier route rates. Under the new standards, all letters mailed at discount rates must be addressed using a minimum of 8–point type. In addition, for automation rate letters, the lines and the characters in the address must not touch or overlap, and each element on the address line may be separated by no more than three blank character spaces. We are proposing these changes to improve address readability for our high-speed processing systems and for our letter carriers during delivery. Legible, standardized address information enhances the processing and delivery of mail, reduces undeliverable-as-addressed mail, and provides mutual cost reduction opportunities through improved efficiency. We can better ensure effective, accurate, and timely delivery when letter carriers receive mailpieces clearly addressed in a readable format. Many postal processing systems rely on optical character readers that require standardized, high-quality addresses for efficient processing. Even barcoded pieces must include a readable address for systems like the Postal Automated Redirection System (PARS). PARS relies on the printed address to identify and redirect forwardable mail during processing, and pieces read by PARS are instantly routed to their new address for the most efficient delivery. We recently proposed similar address requirements for flat-size mail in preparation for the new Flats Sequencing System technology. These revisions for letters will further promote consistent addressing for both letters and flats and ensure that address standards are met when letters are used as label carriers for flat-size pieces. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 57505 To mitigate the larger type size requirements in the address block, we are looking at ways to shorten optional endorsement lines and allow mailers to place mailer-specified information (such as customer numbers) to the left of the optional endorsement line when OneCode ACS is used. We are also planning to reduce the amount of clear space required under the Intelligent Mail barcode. We will publish these changes in a future revision. Mailers can also take advantage of the Intelligent Mail barcode to save valuable space on letter-size pieces. One Intelligent Mail barcode can include all tracking and routing information, including ACS and CONFIRM, for that mailpiece. For other ways to reduce address block size, we encourage mailers to refer to Publication 28, Postal Addressing Standards (available on Postal Explorer at pe.usps.com; click on ‘‘Address Quality’’ in the left frame, then ‘‘Address Management Publications’’). Publication 28 also provides tips and best practices to help mailers address all of their mailpieces successfully. Although we are exempt from the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act [5 U.S.C. 553(b), (c)] regarding proposed rulemaking by 39 U.S.C. 410(a), we invite public comments on the following proposed revisions to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 CFR 111.1. List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111 Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service. Accordingly, 39 CFR part 111 is proposed to be amended as follows: PART 111—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 111 continues to read as follows: Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 414, 416, 3001–3011, 3201– 3219, 3403–3406, 3621, 3626, 5001. 2. Revise the following sections of Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), as follows: 200 Discount Mail: Letters and Cards * * * * * 202 Elements on the Face of a Mailpiece 1.0 * All Mailpieces * * * * [Revise 1.2 as follows:] E:\FR\FM\10OCP1.SGM 10OCP1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 195 (Wednesday, October 10, 2007)]
[Proposed Rules]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-19961]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

30 CFR Parts 780, 784, 816, and 817

[Docket Number OSM-2007-0007]
RIN 1029-AC04


Excess Spoil, Coal Mine Waste, and Buffers for Waters of the 
United States

AGENCY: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of public hearings and extension of 
comment period.

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SUMMARY: We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 
(OSM), are announcing a 30-day extension of the comment period on a 
proposed rule published in the August 24, 2007, Federal Register and 
the accompanying draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). This 
notice also provides notice of the dates and locations for the public 
hearings that we will hold on the proposed rule and DEIS. The proposed 
rule concerns buffer zones, stream diversions, siltation structures, 
impoundments, and the creation and disposal of excess spoil and coal 
mine waste.

DATES: We will accept written comments on the proposed rule and DEIS on 
or before November 23, 2007. We will hold public hearings on the 
proposed rule and DEIS on October 24, 2007, at the locations listed in 
the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

ADDRESSES: Please submit comments by one of the methods listed below. 
We cannot guarantee that comments submitted by other means or to other 
addresses will be included in the docket for this rulemaking.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
The proposed rule and DEIS are listed under the agency name ``Office of 
Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.'' The proposed rule has 
been assigned Docket ID: OSM-2007-0007. The DEIS has been assigned 
Docket ID: OSM-2007-0008.
    If you would like to submit comments through the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal, go to www.regulations.gov and do the following. 
Find the blue banner with the words ``Search Documents'' and go to 
``Optional Step 2.'' Select ``Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and 
Enforcement'' from the agency drop-down menu, then click the ``Submit'' 
button at the bottom of the page. The next screen will have the title 
``Document Search Results.'' The proposed rule is listed under the 
Docket ID as OSM-2007-0007. If you click on OSM-2007-0007, you can view 
the proposed rule, add comments, and view comments submitted by other 
persons. The DEIS is listed under the Docket ID as OSM-2007-0008. If 
you click on OSM-2007-0008, you can view the DEIS, add comments, and 
view comments submitted by other persons.
     Mail/Hand-Delivery/Courier: Office of Surface Mining 
Reclamation and Enforcement, Administrative Record, Room 252 SIB, 1951 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20240.

Reviewing a Copy of the DEIS

    You may review the DEIS at any of the public libraries listed in 
the notice of availability published in the Federal Register on August 
24, 2007 (72 FR 48678-48679) or at the following locations:

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Administrative 
Record, Room 101 SIB, 1951 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 
20240, 202-208-4264
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Appalachian 
Regional Office, Three Parkway Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15220, 412-937-
2909
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Mid-Continent 
Regional Office, Alton Federal Building, 501 Belle Street, Room 216, 
Alton, IL 62002, 618-463-6460
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Western Regional 
Office, 1999 Broadway, Suite 3320, Denver, CO 80201-6667, 303-844-1401

Public Hearing Locations

    See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for the 
addresses at which we will hold public hearings on the proposed rule 
and DEIS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis G. Rice, Office of Surface 
Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Interior, 
1951 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: 202-
208-2829.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 24, 2007 (72 FR 48890), we 
published a proposed rule proposing to amend our regulations concerning 
stream buffer zones, stream diversions, siltation structures, 
impoundments, and the creation and disposal of excess spoil and coal 
mine waste. Among other things, this proposed rule would require that 
surface coal mining operations be designed to minimize the creation of 
excess spoil and the adverse environmental impacts of fills constructed 
to dispose of excess spoil and coal mine waste. It would apply the 
buffer requirement to all waters of the United States, not just 
perennial and intermittent streams. The rule would clearly specify the 
activities to which that requirement does and does not apply and the 
limitations on conducting activities within the buffer, either under a 
variance or an exception. It also would specify requirements to protect 
aquatic and other resources when an activity is conducted under either 
a variance or an exception.
    The comment period on the proposed rule and the DEIS was scheduled 
to close October 23, 2007. However, we received numerous requests to 
extend the comment period. After reviewing the requests, we are 
extending the deadline for submission of comments by 30 days. The 
comment period for both the proposed rule and the DEIS will now close 
November 23, 2007.
    We also received numerous requests to hold public hearings on the 
proposed

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rule and DEIS. After reviewing the requests, we have decided to hold 
four public hearings on October 24, 2007, at the following locations:
     Holiday Inn Charleston (Charleston House), 600 Kanawha 
Boulevard East, Charleston, West Virginia.
     Hazard Community & Technical College, Hazard Campus, Jolly 
Center, Room 208, One Community College Drive, Hazard, Kentucky.
     Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Goins 
Auditorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, Tennessee.
     Ramada Inn Washington, 1170 West Chestnut Street, 
Washington, Pennsylvania.
    All hearings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. 
They will be open to anyone who would like to attend or testify. If you 
do not sign up to testify initially, but later decide that you wish to 
do so, you will be allowed to testify after all scheduled speakers have 
finished.
    The primary purpose of the hearings is to obtain input on the 
proposed rule and DEIS. A public hearing is not an adversarial process. 
Therefore, we encourage you to limit your testimony to the merits of 
the provisions of the proposed rule and DEIS.
    At the hearing, a court reporter will record and make a written 
record of the statements presented. This written record will be made 
part of the docket for the rule. If you have a written copy of your 
testimony, we encourage you to provide a copy to assist the court 
reporter in preparing the written record. Please do not feel 
intimidated by either the reporter or the formal structure of the 
hearing.
    If you are a disabled individual who needs reasonable accommodation 
to attend a public hearing, please contact the person listed under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    Dated: October 1, 2007.
Foster L. Wade,
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management.
[FR Doc. E7-19961 Filed 10-9-07; 8:45 am]
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